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Exceptional Readings

Ξ June 12th, 2009 | → 0 Comments |
Programming, Skills |, , |


I don’t usual enjoy reading technical books from cover-to-cover, but the other day an acquaintance showed me a couple of interesting books. After skimming just a few pages decided buy a copy, and now I think they are the best C++ books I’ve ever read.

After more than three years of professional C++ programming (on top of a couple more years during the Computer Engineer graduates course), I don’t see myself a C++ beginner and, of course, these books are not for beginners, but I have to say that I still learned a lot by reading the following books.

After reading these books by Herb Sutter [blog] and Scott Meyers, another set of interesting technical readings is already being considered. Stay tuned…

 


Medals

Ξ June 12th, 2009 | → 0 Comments |
Knowledge |, , , |


I love first-person-shooters. Medal of Honor is one of my favorite and the one that makes me spend hours playing. The other day I heard something about war medals on TV and had an instant urge to play the game. I searched my CDs and DVDs but couldn’t find it… meanwhile the TV continued with the documentary on II World War, but my attention kept focused on War Medals. Here is some general culture collected from wikipedia on Military Decorations!

A Purple Heart is awarded to a soldier who is injured or killed in action against an enemy of the United States. The face of the medals shows the profile of George Washington, the commander-in-chief that established the original award named “Badge of Military Merit” following the commandment “Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen.”.

A Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States, which means that one must show extraordinary heroism against an enemy of the United States, while engaging engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force (one which the United States also opposes). The Silver Star is the third most valuable military decoration awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces. The second most valuable decoration “for valor” is the Distinguished Service Cross (for the Army, with the equivalent Navy Cross and Air Force Cross, for the Navy and Air Force respectively).

The Medal of Honor is the top most valuable Military decoration awarded by the United States government. This award is for who distinguishes him- or herself “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his [or her] life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.”. Because of the nature of its criteria, the medal is often awarded posthumously. Eligible to all military branches of the United States Armed Forces. The Medal of Honor is awarded hanging from a ribbon and should rest on the shoulders of the recipient.

 


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